Background + History: Sydney Markets, in the Western Sydney suburb of Flemington, is not only Australia’s, but the Southern Hemisphere’s largest wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market. The market has existed in this location since 1975, but its origins hark back to 1806 when the colony of Sydney used to hold its markets at the Rocks at the city’s harbour.

In the current day, nearly 5000 people work here with 850 wholesalers, growers and supporting businesses. It occupies a space of 42 hectares and includes the distinct markets of Paddy’s Markets, Sydney Produce Market, Sydney Growers Market, Sydney Flower Market. The opening hours vary between markets but trading is often closed over the weekend. During the week the Produce market is open to restaurant-owners and traders but on Friday and Saturdays it becomes open to the public. Overall the amounts to 140 000 customers a week! The sale of food alone amounts to $3 billion annually. The sheer number of frequenters and vendors sets the groundwork for a culturally rich and diverse marketplace – diversity not only amongst the people and their backgrounds, but reflected in the varied produce they sell.

 

Shivika Gupta, z5019905

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